Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

Total Time:
21 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
1 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • Bottle dark rum
  • Boiling water
Directions

In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.


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my hot buttered rum is more evocative of Mr. Lagasse's adopted city of New Orleans. It involves a "wash" of absinthe in a tip of the hat to the graceful city herself. To a preheated mug, add 1/2 oz. of absinthe. wash it around and pour out (preferably into your mouth, no wasting good liquor!) then add the rum, I often use hot tea, a nice smoky one like Lapsang Souchong. then top with salted butter, why salted? so you don't have to add more salt later. trust me, it works! a scraping of nutmeg is always nice. I like to use several varieties of rum. Busted Barrel from NJ, Diplomatico and Privateer come to mind. Freshly made butter is a plus, but not necessary. item not reviewed by moderator and published
GOOD LORD, this is the best hot buttered rum, or hot drink period, that I have ever had!!!!!!!!! I did add a smidge of buttershots to each glass....BAM. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent recipe. It is nice that you can make a paste and then make drinks to order, rather than making a huge batch all at once. It was a big hit at our New Years Eve Party. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Great for putting the lights up outside in a blizzard item not reviewed by moderator and published
Perfect winter drink. I cut the brown sugar in half & it is still good. I agree with others that a little extra butter can't hurt, and don't skip the cloves! item not reviewed by moderator and published
How many ounces do you think is a "bottle" of rum? I've got three different kinds of rum and they're all different sizes! :-) Thanks! item not reviewed by moderator and published
BAM!!! Emeril, you're the king! This hot buttered rum recipe is the best I've ever tried. I follow it exactly as written each time, except I do add a large spoonful of the most flavorful vanilla ice cream I can find. There is something truly magical about hot and cold hitting the lips at the same time during that first sip. Most men have laughed at my "girly drink", but then they typically end of polishing 3, 4 or even 5 buttered rums at my Lake Serene retreat in Lynnwood, WA. This one's a keeper! Thanks, Emeril. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am originally a southern girl and was never really interested in hot alcoholic beverages until I moved to Washington state a couple years ago. A bartender at a favorite spot turned me onto to this drink on a super chilly night out with friends. I loved it but after the holiday season was over I couldn't find anybody that still carried the 'butter mix' but yet this is WA and it's still cold outside! So I looked up the recipe and came across this one. I cut the recipe in half and only added 2 ounces of spiced rum. 3 would have been too much for me. This recipe is delicious but I did feel it wasn't really that buttery so as another reviewer stated, maybe some butter extract would do the trick. I think I may have to pick some up and try it. Otherwise, this recipe is perfect! Btw, I also think the cloves in this recipe really make it. I've seen other recipes that didn't call for cloves. Somehow, I think they'd probably be lacking in the yummy department without it... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a perfect cocktail for a very cold evening. Hit the spot. Easy to make. I rolled the batter in plastic wrap and just cut off what I needed. Will definitely keep this recipe and never again purchase the pre-made again. thanx Emeril item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I are at home sitting alone together on the couch for what feels like the first time since the holidays began; surrounded by boxes of Christmas decorations waiting to be carried back down to storage. All we want to do is relax a little and enjoy each others company while we watch a college football game (he watches while I read recipes online. Hey, do you want a Hot Buttered Rum? Good idea! Do you remember how to make them? Um... after going online and reading one recipe after another, Emeril's sounded most like the method a friend taught us years ago. I mashed the butter and spices up, scooped some into mugs, added the rum and hot water and it is outstanding! I'm thinking this butter mixture is something to keep handy for the winter so we can whip these babies up whenever the spirit moves. Mmmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
As a head and neck cancer survivor I have a chronic sore throat. This recipe totally relieves my symptoms and tastes great! A lot cheaper than the drugs I take and no side effects. Thanks Dr. Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love a hot buttered rum, but to me this recipes' proportions are off. Needs more butter, less rum, a touch less nutmeg. And I can't believe I'm saying less rum, lol. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Just like the last reviewer, I was also sick before Christmas. I have never tried a 'hot butter rum drink' and I really needed a lift! Oh Yes! It was so delicious and it actually helped my cold...well maybe a little. The rum was great and for the heck of it, I tried scotch (my husband loves his scotch :- ...Wow he enjoyed the 'hot butterscotch' even more! Mahalo, Emeril! Best wishes for 2013! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Like one of the other reviewers I wasn't sure if it was packed brown sugar and I did packed so I added more butter, but I tell ya, I was here pretty depressed the day before Christmas eve since hubby and I both have the flu and may miss Christmas so I made this and like everything else Emril does, it saved the day and there is plenty for tomorrow if we can make it with the family! Your're the best Emeril all of your recipes always come out great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Why oh why did we ever get away from this traditional drink? Wow...amazing! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Yummy! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is such a tasty hot buttered rum! So easy to make. I used half and half as a topper! Wow, it was fabulous! item not reviewed by moderator and published
awesome recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was easy to make, and such a warming, delicious beverage for a cold winter's night. I used a good tasting stick margarine instead of butter as I have a dairy allergy, and it worked just fine. I love Meyer's rum, and this was perfect for it. We actually made ours lower alcohol (about 3 tbs in each cup and with the full flavored Meyer's it was still really good. My boyfriend added extra water so it wouldn't be as sweet - you can just customize the proportions. It's a winner! Making more for a different occasion tomorrow....... item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was my first time trying a buttered rum drink...and it was sooo delicious and sooo strong..i dont know if i measured it right.......but I think it would be so good with something creamy like whipped cream or something of that sort....but everyone should definitely try..its different and great for those cold winter nights!! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Discovered this recipe at the last minute for the Red Rock Balloon Rally in Gallup - in December (10 below zero. We made it in a zip-lock baggie in the hotel room and it was a hit all weekend. Now I dare not show up without it! My husband thinks the girls are flirting with him, but they really just want another : item not reviewed by moderator and published
OMG.........this recipe is too good for words. I've ordered this beverage in drinking establishments and it was nowhere as good as this recipe. Look no further, this is a winner! Sammy G item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is fantastic. I rolled it into a log, froze, then sliced into 10 pieces which I put in a baggie in the freezer. Now it's always on hand! Next batch I'll try with 1/2 splenda brown sugar. Will also be giving as gifts along with a nice bottle of rum for Christmas gifts to the neighbors. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe doesn't say 'packed' brown sugar or not, so I did measure two packed cups and the ratio of sugar to butter was too much. I ended up having to add another 4 tablespoons (1/2 of 1 stick to the batter for a more buttery, richer flavor. I made a few cups to drink and it was good, but still lacking strong butter flavor, so I added a dash of butter extract and it was perfect! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Took this to a party a couple of years ago and now it's a tradition because everyone LOVED it!! Add some whip cream and a dash of nutmeg or cinnamon on top...YUMMY! Thank you Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
So yummy and so easy. I used the splenda brown sugar mix to lower the carb count a bit and it is still delicious. Thank you Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best drink to hand a guest when they have come in from the cold! I added more than nutmeg, as well. I put in any warm spice I had, cloves, and cardamom for example. So tasty! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We love this drink in the winter! We've modified it using Splenda to make it a little more diabetic friendly. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Hot Buttered Rums are my hubs fav holiday drink! We've always bought batter from liquor stores or markets, but ever since we moved from NoCal to SoCal we have the hardest time finding any. Mulitplied recipe x 4. For past couple nights, I've brought jars of batter, with bottle of spiced-rum to host's houses. These "hot" cocktails were the talks of the nights! Also, perfect for alcoholics/non-drinkers, cuz you can mix it w/almost anything as a hot drink! One friend mixed it with hot-chocolate, another mixed it with hot-cider. No more looking for batter in the stores!!! Sooooo much better than store-bought, w/o a doubt! BTW - I accidently bought "dark" brown-sugar, vs. light- JUST AS GOOD! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Fantastic!! Why on earth would you spend your money on the stuff you buy in the store, when this is soooo easy to make and so much better tasting. Nothing better than Emerils Hot Buttered Rum on a cold day with good company! I discovered this recipe about 6 years ago and have made a batch or 2 every year as soon as the cold weather hits. Haven't found anyone who dislikes it yet. Enjoy!! Great idea familyburtness on the bottle of rum and jar of mix idea....tis the season for host/hostess gifts...certainly more original than the traditional bottle of wine. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best hot buttered rum I've ever had. I've purchased the pre-mixes in the grocery stores and they don't compare to this. I was thinking it would be fun to mix this up, put it in a fun canning jar, and give it to my friends for Christmas with a bottle of Rum. Oustanding recipe. Thanks Chef Emeril! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is so easy to make and delicious! I made these to share with my neighbors after we snowplowed our driveways. It made a bad job more fun! If you cut the recipe in half, it makes 3 mugs. Thank you for a fun, warm drink on a snowy day! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best version of the recipe I've tried. I use a mini-mellon baller and make balls and place them in the freezer to keep on hand so I can whip these up in a hurry! Yummy item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very surprised with the taste. It was smooth and warming. It also helped me to breath better. Perfect for cold wet weather. Thank you Emeril for the wonderful cocktail. item not reviewed by moderator and published
the ammount of rum is too much for an 8 oz or even 10 mug. use two ounces instead of three, and fill with water. not only that, but the instructions say to add the rum to the mixture - WRONG emeril, you idiot add water to the rum THEN add mixture and let it melt, otherwise you will cook the butter with the alcohol - gross the best rum to use is KILO KAI then SAILOR JERRYS then MEYERS then CAPT MORGANS item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've had and made many variations over the years and this by far is the best I've had. Use a premium rum when I make them. Oh, so good. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made these Hot Toddies, so we could sip them on Christmas afternoon, by the Christmas tree with my in-laws. The weather had gotten blow freezing that day, which is cold for Holland, and it was a lovely treat by the Christmas tree when we opened our presents. Unbeknownst to me, my husband and in-laws had never heard of hot toddies, hot buttered rum, or anything like this before. Guess it is not part of the Dutch drink repertoire. Anyway as we sat by the tree opening up presents and sipping our hot toddies, they commented on how they were enjoying this new hot drink. They must have liked them alot, as they asked me to make a second batch! This recipe is fabulous. I did follow the advice of other reviewers and lowered the rum to just 2oz. That was strong enough for us. I also added just a little dollup of butter at the end, so that you could see it melting as I handed out the drinks. This is a keeper recipe and I am sure I will be asked again to make them. Thanks Emeril, for a lovely recipe that made Christmas with family just a little bit better! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We have been silly and buying our mix at the store for the last few years...this is much better than anything I have ever purchased. I ended up cutting the brown sugar to 1.5 cups. I agree on the comment about the fresh nutmeg...makes a world of difference. I used a disher to make into 1TBSP balls and stuck in the freezer. Easily portioned out when needed. Fantastic! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is now my favorite drink in the whole world, honestly. I've been bringing the ingredients and sharing it with family and friend too! So good, warming, and delicious! I do agree with most of the other reviews though, I cut the amount of rum in half or it's a bit too strong for my liking. Delicious with whipped cream and a little extra sprinkling of cinnamon on top. Mmmm! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We make this every year for when we are decorating the tree. I break it up into the 2tbl amounts, wrap in saran wrap and store in the fridge so we can make it throughout the season. I like a little less rum but my husband likes the full 3oz. SO tasty and perfect on those cold nights. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Reminds me of apres ski and it's never a bad time to have one. This recipe has become a favorite this time of year and the mixture keeps very well in the refrigerator in an air tight container. Don't use anything but fresh ground nutmeg, that's the secret to the flavor, I think. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whoa, mamma!! This was better than the flu shot. I got the flu anyway but after sipping on this, I didn't care. Next time I reduced the rum to 2 oz and that was just right fot me. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Easy to make, warming all over.Excellent item not reviewed by moderator and published
Tried this recipe @ my sons house, so yummy, I'm doin it agaain for Christmas dinner. item not reviewed by moderator and published
An easy and tasty treat that we keep on hand for cravings! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Everyone loved this recipe, we went a little easey on the rum; but did mix the rums, spiced rum and a dark rum. It was wonderful when mixed with egg nog item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this drink. item not reviewed by moderator and published
fast, easy and really tasty item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this drink on Christmas day when I had the family over for dinner. It was a big hit, everybody loved them... even Grandma who doesn't usually like anything with "hard stuff" in it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have made this recipe for several years! Whenever I serve it I also have copies of the recipe on hand since it is always a huge hit! Would highly recommend. This version is better than any I have ordered at a bar! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is the best recipe, it stores well and is very yummy. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I've never liked hot buttered rum before... but this recipe has left me a changed woman! Easy to make and wonderful for the holiday season. item not reviewed by moderator and published
really good but i would go a bit lighter on the rum! item not reviewed by moderator and published
My husband and I whipped these up one night and enjoyed them immensely. So easy to make and a perfect ratio of rum to spices. We're looking forward to sharing our new holiday drink with friends and family this season. item not reviewed by moderator and published
reminded me of Christmas with the nutmeg flavor. Was even better with 1 more tablespoon of the sugar mixture and 1/2 less rum than the recipe called for. item not reviewed by moderator and published
a "5th" (common sized bottle) is about 25 ounces item not reviewed by moderator and published

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